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The Beautiful Struggle [Extra tracks]

Talib Kweli Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B0002Z9WC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Revolution
2. Back Up Off Me
3. From A Place - featuring Killer Mike
4. I Tried - featuring Mary J. Blige
5. We Got The Beat (Planet Rock)
6. Around my Way
7. What We Have Is Real
8. Rock On And On
9. You Don't Know Me
10. It's The Ghetto - featuring Common
11. Hold Your Hands Up High - featuring Jean Grae
12. Lonely People
13. We Pullin' Out Tonite
14. Instrumental
15. Get 'Em High - featuring Kanye West
16. Supreme - featuring Mos Def

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say the album is good 18 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album delivers a more commercial sound than Kweli's previous albums but this is not a bad thing. He is still lyrically tight, and offers the conscious minded approach to rhyming. On this album he gains a slightly more famous production team and this strangely this does not distract from the strong vocal presence. We see appearances from the Neptunes, DJ Quick, Just Blaze and obviously Kanye West. The album is good from begin to end, with message of a continuing struggle against the clear injustices in the world.
I feel Kweli is a rapper everyone should listen to once on their headphone, therefore ensuring that you can truly hear the words spoken, and then you may see Kweli's strength. If you want club type beats and rhymes about selling crack buy Jay-Z's album. Funny thing is that even Jay says "that truth be told I'd be lyrically be talib kweli".
Buy this album if you like to listen to meaningful lyrics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 4 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Go out and get this album right now. I've always liked Talib whether he was doin his own stuff or pairing up with Mos Def. As usual his lyrics are absolutely amazing and he's gone more commercial with the beats this time but it definitely works. Ever since I bought it I've been playing it non-stop. The best tracks are Going Hard, We Know, I Try, Around My Way, Ghetto Show, Black Girl Pain (best song on album for me) and Beautiful Struggle
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Talib Kweli, talented yet under-rated semi-underground MC from Brooklyn hits the streets hard with the Beautiful Struggle. An album as diverse and yet lyrically similar to 2002's Quality, which in my opinion reflected the album title. Beautiful Struggle reflects the partnership between Hi-Tek and Kweli as reaffirmed, something we all are glad happened,production also includes the token track by Kanye West and answer to Get By, I Try. The guest appearances, Anthony Hamilton,Common, John Legend also pack the album with heat but the standout performance by Jean Grae on Black Girl Pain allows this album to sit alone from the average cd being released, do not expect Nelly. This album, lyrically, is probably album of the year so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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i've only listened to this albumn a few times but i've barely turned if off or played another cd since i first got it. quality and reflection eternal are some of my favourite records so i pretty much bought this cd automatically but trust me this is some of his best work yet!
the production is tight and as ever the lyrics are so fresh,there even a nice little twist on jay-z line about talib.
i wish amazon had some samples so you could just listen to what i'm on about but trust me its worth ev-er-ry penny!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kanye's gem delievers an absolute jem 16 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
Talib Kweli, is relatievely unknown in the Uk and he's only really known by big hip hop fans, but this album catapults him into the mainstream. before i had heard this album i was mesmorised by Talibs earlier song "Get By" which was one of the first times Talib Kweli worked with now superstar rapper and producer Kanye West. This album is produced by Kanye, and it is impressive stuff. From the club hoppin "Planet Rock" to the first single off the album, "I Tried" a collaboration with Mary J Blige, the album is awesome with Talib doing what others haven't, mixed more than one genre into his music. Talib Kweli has in fact been branded many times as a Lyrical Genius, and this album demonstrates this. Other stand out tracks are "What we have is Real" and the mesmorising "Hold your hands up high".
the album isn't Gansta Rap it is soulful, rockin rap, youll find great collaborations and great rymes throughout.
Buy it, you won't be dissapointed. Kanye West was so impressed that he made him his special guest for his forthcoming UK tour. check it out, a class act
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all the real Hip Hop lovers 24 Jun 2014
By Liddee
Format:Audio CD
Talib Kweli is one of the few rappers I feel still stay true to themselves. Lyrically he is brilliant and this album doesn't let you down. if you're interested in real rap - fed up of main stream 'rappers' such as Drake and Lil Wayne who just end up talking about the usual things - then you should definitely give this guy a listen.

Love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Talib Kweli - Beautiful Struggle 25 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
Talib Kweli Is a Good Rapper as u already know if u listen 2 him alredy this album realy has songs for all rap fans on it like "Work It Out" where his flow is realy good and "Around My Way" where the music is slow john legend sings the hook and kweli raps softly and "We Got The Beat" is More like a rock song heavy music and hardcore rap From Kweli or Love Songs Like "We Know" With Faith Evans i think peple who are not RAP fans will like this aswell because there is a wide seltion of music here So GET IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Quality! 28 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a massive fan Talib Kweli i was anticipating the release of his second solo album for months. Like many other fans of the lyrical genius i was not disapointed with the outcome. Once again using excellent production and superb flow Kweli has let the hip hop world know that he no once off! With excellent production from Hi-tek and the nearly annoyingly outstanding Kanye West it peaks from the first track. I'm not sure if it is as inspirational a Quality but with a few more listens it is gettin there. Look out for the track with a sample from The Police and 'Supreme' with Mos Def is dope!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY FANTASTIC
Never really listened to any talib kweli beats before only when he has been on tracks with Kanye West but decided to buy this album after reading the reviews, and i was not... Read more
Published on 13 May 2006 by A. Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
I have been a fan of Hip-Hop for some time now, but for some reason had never bought a hip-hop album, until last week. Read more
Published on 18 April 2006 by L. Taggart
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Baffled
The Blackstar album is the nuts, and Talib Kweli is cool whatever he raps on. I'm not writing a review, if you like Kweli buy the album, you already know it's good. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CD YOU COULD BUY!!
i have had this cd now for three weeks or so and i can't stop playing it, it is always being heard next door because its always up loud so that you feel the full effect of this... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2005 by lewis kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely Great Album
I really think that this a a great album, some say Kweli has gone more towards the pop side of things, I disagree. Read more
Published on 30 July 2005 by Mr. A. M. Conroy
2.0 out of 5 stars get black star instead!!
i bought this thinking it would be great after owning 'black star' where he teams up with mos def to make one of the best hip-hop albums ever and this falls well short, he produces... Read more
Published on 19 May 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars wrong tracklisting, but amazing album!
this is a heavy album but the track listing here is way old, lonley people isn't on the album cos of copyright problems with the beatles :( anyway the real tracklisting is:... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2004 by "dizzla"
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